We have specialist expertise in these areas:
No law firm has greater collective experience in handling all aspects of insurance litigation and advice.
As one of New Zealand’s foremost specialist insurance firms, we act for most of the country’s major insurers. Our relationships with these clients span decades. This reflects our commitment to forming lasting relationships based on professionalism, pragmatism and reliability.
The partners of Fee Langstone represent and advise general, life and marine insurers, insurers with presence in New Zealand and overseas, captive insurers and large market insurers.
These are just some of the insurance areas we have advised on:
Directors’ and officers’ liability
Public and product liability
Material damage (including earthquake)
Marine – hull, cargo, liability, P&I, charterers
Insurance policy drafting and revision
Media law and defamation
Fidelity and crime
Regulatory/statutory defence (environmental, fair trading, health and safety, commerce prosecutions)
At Fee Langstone our first priority is to avoid the dispute resulting in litigation. We will always focus on solving disputes, not protracting them.
How we can help you:
We can offer you the complete suite of services to assist in resolving the dispute.
Mediation is increasingly used in New Zealand as an alternative means of defining and then settling issues in dispute. We have developed a high level of skill in delivering mediated outcomes.
Arbitration: We regularly act in formal or informal arbitrations, including international arbitrations, such as those involving the small claims procedures of the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association.
We can help your business by applying our considerable knowledge, skill and experience to the drafting and interpretation of your insurance policy documents.
We are recognised as experts in the analysis of insurance contracts. We are frequently asked to peer review policy advice given by others or to act as independent experts to resolve disputes relating to policy interpretation.
We can help you by:
Providing clear and timely opinions on the availability of cover for a claim under a policy or the application of policy terms and conditions.
Providing an independent expert opinion where insurer and insured cannot agree on policy coverage.
Assisting in the drafting of policy documents which clearly record your intention in simple plain English and which are legally robust.
Professional Disciplinary Complaints
The lawyers at Fee Langstone regularly act for professionals who face disciplinary complaints to the body which regulates their ethical standards.
We have acted for a wide variety of professionals – lawyers, chartered accountants, veterinarians, real estate agents/licensees.
Such complaints require highly skilled handling, as they inevitably pose reputational risks which outweigh the financial considerations.
We handle every complaint sensitively and effectively.
We can help you with:
Disciplinary complaints, including cost revisions, to investigatory regulatory bodies.
The defence of formal charges laid with disciplinary tribunals.
Liaison with your insurer or insurance broker to ensure that the representation is cost-effective.
Maritime & Transportation
The marine and transportation fields are critical to an isolated nation such as New Zealand. New Zealand is renowned for its boat building industry and as a destination for touring sailors.
At Fee Langstone we are skilled and experienced at managing the myriad of legal considerations arising in the maritime and transportation fields.
We have established a solid track record of working in this area and are well equipped to help you.
We have been chosen as the winner of the category Maritime Law Firm of the Year in New Zealand - 2016 and 2017, by the Global Law Experts (GLE).
Some of the work we regularly undertake includes:
Acting for marine insurers across the whole range of their activity, covering cargo, hull and liability. This includes policy response advice, policy drafting, defence of disputed claims against insurers, defence of insureds with liability policies and subrogated recoveries.
Admiralty – ship arrest, priorities disputes and the like. We have also represented the crew of arrested ships to ensure their well-being, repatriation and payment of wage arrears, on numerous occasions.
Acting directly for freight forwarders. This includes drafting trading and bill of lading terms, assisting with risk management, dispute resolution and commercial issues.
Dealing with issues arising with the carriage of goods, including air, sea and domestic carriage.
Assisting importers and exporters in relation to terms of sale, letters of credit and the like.
Maritime related commercial activity, including ship sale and purchase, ship registration, financing and charter parties.
International sale, purchase and carriage of goods.
Corporate Legal Services
Our lawyers understand how business works in New Zealand.
If you need advice on managing a legal issue or require assistance in avoiding or resolving disputes, Fee Langstone offers pragmatic, sound advice to achieve legally effective outcomes.
We can help you with:
New product or service development
Risk management strategies
Terms of trade (domestic and international)
International sale, purchase and carriage of goods
We assist clients with all aspects of debt recovery and insolvency.
We are known for being approachable, responsive, and pragmatic. Whether you are a creditor, insolvency practitioner or a debtor, Fee Langstone will provide you with cost-effective and practical commercial advice.
We can help you with:
We have significant experience in receiverships, liquidations, voluntary administrations, PPSA, cross-border insolvencies, and arrangements with creditors.
We regularly act in proceedings against directors and guarantors, preference claims, and other insolvency related litigation.
Fee Langstone has considerable experience in the construction industry. We act not only for construction companies but also for their insurers in related insurance disputes.
We have had extensive experience acting for plaintiffs and defendants in leaky building litigation. This includes handling claims before the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service.
Our knowledge of construction law is blended with our tactical appreciation of dispute management. As with the rest of our practice, we emphasise proactivity in dispute resolution.
How we can help you:
We can analyse the legal framework surrounding construction contracts and identify your risks;
We can work with you and external experts to come up with the best strategy to manage the dispute or litigate to a resolution.
& Statutory Defence
It is important to understand the regulatory environment in which your business operates. Failure to comply with legislation can result in criminal liability for companies and their directors.
Fee Langstone can provide you with advice on all areas related to regulatory compliance. We can assist you if your company is under investigation, or review your current regulatory compliance programme and advise you on how to improve it.
Over the last decade we have been involved in advising and defending companies who have been prosecuted for breach of a wide variety of regulatory offences under statutes governing:
Anti-competitive corporate behaviour
Misleading or deceptive advertising or conduct
Health and safety in the workplace
The aviation industry
Through these cases we have developed considerable expertise and experience in dealing with such regulatory authorities as the Financial Markets Authority, Commerce Commission, Worksafe and Civil Aviation Authority.
Any business needs to ensure that it manages the risk associated with employment disputes, well. We regularly act for employers and their insurers to proactively resolve disputes in this contentious area.
We can help you with:
General advice on employment agreements – a clear, workable employment agreement is paramount. It is the starting point of a new relationship and should clearly set out the respective rights and obligations of the parties.
Employment disputes – if you find yourself involved in an employment dispute for whatever reason, we can represent you in any mediation, in the Employment Relations Authority or in the Employment Court. We will provide effective and practical advice to get you the best result possible.
Restraint of trade.